“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read” Groucho Marx

The well read builder.

Grit Nation is committed to broadening it's listeners understanding of the deep, rich legacy that the building trades bring to our nations collective wealth.

The Port of Missing Men

The Port of Missing Men, is an in depth look into the life and legend surrounding Billy Gohl the charismatic, controversial and infamous labor organizer of the Sailors Union of the Pacific.

Seen and Unseen

This powerful book is a riveting exploration of the ways in which visual media has shaped the nations narrative on race and has fundamentally altered the centuries long battle for racial justice.

Fight Like Hell

Kim’s book is a remarkable interweaving of past and present that brings America’s rich and bloody labor history to vivid life.

Pandemic Inc.

This book is an explosive look inside the rush to profit from the Covid-19 pandemic and connects the dots between shady backdoor deals and a robust spoils systems that led to a catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic.

Dirty Work

Author Eyal Press addresses the morally troubling work that society silently condones and the hidden class of workers who do it.

The Weekend Effect

Katrina Onstad discusses her book which addresses the life changing benefits of taking time off and challenging the cult of overwork.

Worked Over

Author Jamie McCallum discusses the loss of agency the average American worker has in managing their work - life balance and why labor’s next big battle may not just be about wages but about time too.

Dust for Blood

Mark Torres and I discuss his latest book, Long Island Migrant Labor Camps: Dust for Blood, which chronicles the plight of thousands of poverty stricken migrant workers lured to the agricultural fields of New York State for decades with the promise of good wages and decent housing. Once there, they were preyed upon by corrupt camp operators who often cheated them out of pay and housed them in deadly slum like conditions.

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

Mark Twain